Category Archives: Friends
The Fourth of July weekend was a very busy success. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures the whole weekend. 😦 We took my grandson Brantley to the parade. Came home to get ready for Kane’s barbecue. My niece Janay arrived with her family to swim. I loved that. They brought food to put on our grill and swam all afternoon. They were gone by the time we got back from Kane’s party. Kane and Lisa’s first party was a huge success. Their place looked great. Very kid friendly. Lots of food for lots of friends and family.
Then we were off to camp. We had my great niece Addie with us for the weekend. We arrived around 8:00 that evening. Saturday, Karen and I put on a taco dinner and I think we counted 22 people who ate with us. Kris and Steve brought mom for the dinner but did not stay for bingo. My sisters-in-law Dina, Jalen, and Debby had dinner with us and stayed for the game. I was hoping they would be lucky but again, no winners in our group. 😦 It was fun all the same.
We got home Sunday, just in time to unload before our pool was filled with people again. I counted 18 swimmers along with a few that did not swim. I loved it. We barbecued pork, brats, hamburgers and hot dogs. I think the last of the guests left a little before 8:00. I was very tired. And a bit overheated which made me pretty useless Monday. I must have been on my feet too much too because I woke up with a swollen foot that kept getting worse throughout the day.
So today will be another hot day. I hope to visit Kathy this morning and run a couple of errands before it gets too hot. I want to replenish my freezer with treats for kids and a few more burgers because I think we will have a large crowd again on Saturday.
This is what LL and I hoped for this summer. A well used pool.
Yesterday was a really nice day. I am not the most social person in the world. In my family, my extended and core, I am the least social person. I would say even my son with Autism is more social than I am. I have never been comfortable with small talk. When going somewhere that I am unfamiliar, if LL is with me, I let him take the lead. LL can visit with anyone about anything. Once I get to know people well, I thoroughly enjoy visiting. Enjoy social time. But until then, I feel awkward and tongue-tied. So having a day that was spent mostly visiting and enjoying it is a rarity.
I met up with two friends, Becky and Pam. We’re old friends. We know each other very well. Through the years, we have raised our kids, prayed for each other’s kids and families, confided to each other and in tough times, they are two of the first I would call. In fact, when I was diagnosed, they were two I called almost immediately because it was important that they did not hear the news some other way and I wanted their prayers and support. We got together yesterday morning and caught up with each other and had a relaxing time.
I then went to lunch with my daughter Bailey. We went to Leona’s in Mt. Angel and spent a couple of hours talking about her vacation and plans up ahead. My Bailey is a daddy’s girl, but there is something special about a mother/daughter relationship when the relationship becomes an adult bond.
In the evening I went to my book club. A few months back, I did not know any of these ladies. One I knew a little, but except for me, the small group have been friends or family for years. Not a situation I am normally comfortable in. But these ladies are all friendly, kind and very different from one another. It has been fun getting to know them. I spent about three hours visiting, reading, dining, and just having a relaxing, unawkward evening.
I packed in one day, much more social time than I have had in years. I guess I really am a hermit.
I did have some “issues” yesterday. I was not as careful with what I ate for lunch as I had hoped. So the afternoon was not fun. Had a little problem at book club and I am writing this at 4:00 am. I have been up for a couple of hours. I think I got about three hours of sleep last night. I guess calling it last night is not accurate, since technically, it still is night. I hope to push through the day though. At least this morning. I really don’t want to skip my walk with Kris. It is our time together. Kind of our therapy time. Good for our relationship, our bodies, and general well-being. If I am really dragging, maybe we will skip going up the Abbey hill and just walk around town.
Beyond that, I will be kind to myself, get watering and “have to’s” done, but not worry about what else I might do today. I hope you have a blessed day.
Good Morning! I was hoping to post a couple of pictures from this weekend, but this post needs to be short, because I am a little short on time.
I am going to have coffee with a couple of friends later this morning. Have not visited with them in a while. Bailey and I are meeting for lunch after that. I am excited to hear all about her trip. She went to Hawaii last week and just got back last evening. She went with my niece, Kara.
I am a little nervous eating lunch out. Well, eating anything because I think my book club is meeting this evening. I normally don’t eat during the day of the book club. I would hate to not attend at the last-minute, but my girl and I rarely have an opportunity to do lunch and I can’t wait to hear all about the trip.
So I best get moving. Need to water everything and do a few other things before I meet my friends. Have a great day!
So what is the plan this weekend? Well I got some sad news yesterday. An old friend’s daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was a child……Well her daughter passed away on Tuesday. I think the rosary vigil is tonight, so I hope I will be able to go. The funeral is Saturday. It is at the same time as my nephew Michael’s graduation party, so I am not sure if I will try to attend both. LL will not be attending, he is running counseling groups on Saturday so that a coworker can have some time off.
Sunday is Father’s day. I am hoping the weather is nice enough for me to grill steaks and have dinner for LL and the kids out on the pool patio. The pool will still be filling up and far too cold to swim. But it will feel more like summer if we can just relax around it. LL already received his gift from Max and I. Actually, LL is the one who noticed an ad in the paper for a portable hammock that he can have up at Miller’s crossing. I bought it that same day but it was really heavy and I needed him to unload it……Surprise! 🙂 Kane has been working a lot of hours so I have not seen him all week. Not sure if he has to work Saturday and miss Michael’s party, but I am sure Kane will be here on Sunday.
I meet once a month with a couple of friends. We met once a week over the summer, but as they both work for schools, during this time of year, once a month sounded doable. We decided to meet at my house so that I might have a better chance of making it. LOL. But I still had to cancel last night. Makes me made because I really look forward to visiting with them and one just got back from Fiji and I wanted to hear all about her trip.
It all started on Tuesday night. I was up throughout the night with “issues”. It kept up on Wednesday morning. But I thought I was done and good. I even made it to Salem in the afternoon to drop off Kelli at an appointment, then Bailey and I made a quick run to Costco. By the time we picked Kelli up, I knew I was in trouble. But I made it home and for the rest of the afternoon and evening, “issues” ran amuck, requiring 2 imodiums and one pain pill. But this morning is better.
I am walking a little funny and probably wont get much done. Bailey has the day off and would like to do something with me. So I will see how it goes. Still feeling a little disappointed about last night, but that’s the way it is. After all, Life Is A CRAP Shoot. 🙂